RVIA: RV Shipments in March Exceed 50,000 Units

April 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) March survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 51,607, an increase of 8.5% from the 47,579 units shipped last March. The March 2018 shipment total is the best March on comparable record, and first time monthly production has surpassed 50,000 units. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 45,490 units for the month, an increase of 8.9% compared to last March’s towable RV shipment total of 41,766. March... Read more

RV Executive Today: Top-Selling Brands For 2017

April 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following article, authored by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Director of Industry Relations Jeff Kurowski, appears in the April issue of RV Executive Today identifying the top-selling brands in all categories for 2017 per data compiled by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). To view the online version of RV Executive Today click here. Jay Flight ranked as the top-selling travel trailer brand in 2017, marking the 12th year in a... Read more

RVIA Will Hold 2019 Spring Show in Salt Lake City

April 24, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board of directors has unanimously approved Salt Lake City to be the kickoff location for a new national industry event, RVX: The RV Experience. The event will take place March 12-14, 2019. According to a news release, RVX is designed to spark consumer interest by sending them into dealerships across the country. The event will promote the RV lifestyle by bringing the industry together to unveil the latest products, celebrate innovation, and... Read more

Winnebago Expansion Raises Focus on Towables

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Degnan In response to a sustained uptick in towable sales, Winnebago Industries Inc. recently announced plans for a $12-$13 million expansion on around 30 acres of acquired farmland adjacent to its operations in Middlebury, Ind., near the Michigan state line. “The bottom line is that we just outgrew our production facilities,” reported Scott Degnan, vice president and general manager, towables business, noting that Winnebago was currently operating in facilities acquired from Sunnybrook... Read more

LCI to Break Ground on Beam Processing Center

April 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new beam processing center, located on a 10-acre site in the Lippert Components manufacturing complex in Goshen, Ind. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Monday (April 23) at 3 p.m. (EDT). According to a press release, the company is investing in a 107,000-square-foot, multimillion dollar facility to enhance the manufacture of I-beams that form the framework of nearly every chassis... Read more

Newmar Honors Parks During Awards Ceremony

April 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Newmar President Matt Miller, Chairman Dick Parks and Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Sammut (Photo by Shawn Spence) In a stirring ceremony prior to its Dealer Awards festivities, Dick Parks was honored by Newmar Corp. Wednesday (April 18) night as part of the Nappanee, Ind.-based motorhome manufacturer’s 2017 Dealer Meeting. The three-day event concludes today at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. With a heartfelt tribute, Newmar President... Read more

The ’18 RV Industry ‘Power Breakfast’ is Sold Out

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb addresses 2017 Power Breakfast crowd The 2018 RV Industry Power Breakfast is sold out with about 900 people expected to converge early on May 3 at the Northern Indiana Event Center, part of the RV/MH Hall of Fame located on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind. The sixth annual breakfast will be anchored this year by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. The catered buffet opens at 6:45 a.m. while the Power Breakfast... Read more

Camping World Adding Stores in Ga., Ill. and Ohio

April 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. today (April 17) announced expansion plans for the development of new supercenters in Augusta, Ga., Marion, Ill., and Huber Heights, Ohio. According to a press release, Camping World currently owns and operates over 140 supercenters nationwide, with most locations specializing in RV sales and service, retail accessories and its entire portfolio of Good Sam products and services. Plans are underway to expand the company’s footprint with additional locations in several... Read more

ORR Officially Launches With Event at Capitol Hill

April 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ORR Members Meet with Sec. Zinke Congressional and administration officials joined recreation industry leaders to mark the formal launch of the nation’s premier coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR). During a Capitol Hill reception, the group outlined its goals of educating decision makers about the importance of the outdoor recreation economy and ensuring that public lands and waters remain accessible for outdoor enthusiasts. According to a... Read more

SSI: Canada Towable Sales Off 2.5% Through Feb.

April 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian towable sales remained flat in 2018, edging down 2.5% for the first two months.  According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by segment showed: • Travel trailer sales edged up 1.8% year-over-year through February. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales tumbled 16.5% for the two months. • Folding camping trailer registrations fell 26.8% through February. • Two park model RVs were sold in the first two months. Thor... Read more

Airstream Intros Innovative Nest Fiberglass Trailer

April 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nest trailer by Airstream Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream Inc. today (April 12) launched the Nest fiberglass travel trailer. Sleek, sophisticated, and modern, Nest represents a new chapter in Airstream’s nearly 90-year story of design innovation, according to a press release. “There’s really nothing else like it,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “Nest acknowledges Airstream’s lasting legacy, while anticipating a new potential for outdoor adventure.” Originally... Read more

KOA Report: Over 6 Million New Campers Since ’14

April 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 6 million new North American households have adopted the camping lifestyle since 2014, with the number of campers who camp three times or more each year – the most avid group of campers – having increased by 64%, according to results from the 2018 North American Camping Report. The annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) offers evidence that camping is fast becoming a lifestyle attribute among U.S. and Canadian households – and there is no indication... Read more

SSI: Towable RV Sales Rise 9.4% Through February

April 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 9.4% for the first two months of 2018, driven by gains in the travel trailer and fifth-wheel segments. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 9.2% for the two months. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 11.1 % through February. Folding camping trailer sales fell 11.6% for the two months. Park model RV sales were up 33.8% through February. Thor... Read more

VIDEO 1: WSJ Casts National Spotlight on Elkhart

April 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco workers in trailer production facility The self-proclaimed RV capital of the world gives a glimpse of what the American economy looks like when operating at full tilt. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, high-school students around here skip college for factory jobs that offer great pay and benefits. For-hire signs sprout like roadside weeds. And workers are so flush that car dealers can’t keep new pickups on the lot. At the same time, the strains are showing. Employers can’t hang... Read more

RVIA is Seeking Member Input on Proposed Tariffs

April 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is asking its members who import from China to review whether those products and materials are included under a new proposed 25% tariff announced Tuesday (April 3) by the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The list of products and materials represents $50 billion worth of goods. The document is 45 pages long and about 1,300 items are included, with most targeting electronics, aerospace and machinery products. Michael Ochs, RVIA’s director... Read more

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